11:44AM, Monday 11 September 2017
St Johns Youth 3-8 FC Holyport Royals Under 14s
Newly-formed FC Holyport Royals Under 14s got their Wycombe and South Bucks Division 2 Campaign off to a winning start with an impressive team performance yesterday in an 8-3 away win to highly rated St Johns Youth.
Oliver Bradley and Saaim Shabbir each scored a brace for FC Holyport, with George Bowden, Ben Milligan, Freddie Yates and Sam Wood also on the scoresheet.
Tring Tigers 0-5 FC Holyport Tigers
The newly-formed FC Holyport under 14s side made a impressive start to the season with a hat-trick from Michael Donaghy and a goal each from Archie Branwhite and Louis Russel.
FC Holyport were 2-0 up at half time after two close-range strikes from Michael and Archie, and the game was then put to sleep when Michael scored his second and his third with a long range effort.
Louis completed the scoring with minutes to go and Jasan pulled of a world-class save to keep his clean sheet. Man of the match was awarded to Bailey Durbin for strong tackling and excellent distribution of passing.
Ruislip Rangers 3-5 FC Holyport Under 15s
Two stunning headers from Josh Bull inspired FC Holyport Under 15s to a thumping 5-2 season-opening romp at Ruislip Rangers on Sunday.
Bull’s brace ensured the visitors tasted victory as they took their bow in Division 2 of the Wycombe and South Bucks League in a hard-fought clash in which two home players were sent-off.
Holyport claimed the lead after just three minutes as Ben Copeman’s floated free-kick afforded Bull the chance to produce a stooping header and give his side a dream start.
Soon after, Harry Hopkins went close to doubling the visitors’ advantage with two drilled shots, the second of which struck the foot of the far post.
Ruislip were reduced to 10 men following an off-the-ball incident on 15 minutes and, making the most of their extra man, Holyport took advantage as Hopkins scored with a low shot into the corner.
Another Copeman corner provided his side’s third goal, with Ezra Mzondo creating space inside a packed penalty area to deliver a deft, first-time finish at the near post.
Mzondo thought he had doubled his tally close to the break only to be denied by an offside decision, with Ruislip taking heart to stab home a reply soon after the re-start and make it 3-1.
However, with debutants Tom Middlehurst, Alex Ash and Rhys Bartholomew in dominant form at the back, and new goalkeeper Frazer Wilson coping masterfully in the testing conditions, Holyport continued to dominate.
Captain Archie McGuiness went close with a 20-yard effort, after which all hopes of a home comeback were dashed as Bull headed in his second goal after outfoxing his marker.
The feisty encounter then took an unwanted twist as McGuinness was fouled in the penalty area - a challenge which left him heading for hospital and a diagnosis of a double fracture of the arm.
Hopkins stroked home the spot-kick to make it 5-1 to Holyport, with late drama seeing Ruislip add a second consolation and have a second player dismissed.
Overall, a fantastic start to life in their new league for the Maidenhead side, albeit with a victory tarnished by the injury to skipper McGuinness.
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